19 September 2007

Some tidbits for your weekend planning...........Speaking of mariachis, (a few posts ago, which of course you know because you read every single post, yes?) there is a Mariachi Festival this weekend in San Jose that will have three stages of music and dance, food, drinks, and family activities. I know, San Jose sounds far, but it's really not that bad. What I discovered through this website also, is that the Mexican Heritage Corporation offers the Mariachi Youth Program in 5 San Jose area schools. It offers skill-based sequential mariachi music instruction with bi-lingual instructors. Students choose from the trumpet, violin, guitar, guitarrĂ³n or vihuela. Everyone also receives instruction in voice, and ensemble musicianship. And it's free! I wish we had that in Oakland.

Mariachis (and San Jose) not your thing? How about a Clothing Swap in San Francisco on Saturday? I could kick myself.....just yesterday I took an entire trunk full of clothing to Goodwill....and while everything will hopefully find a good home, it would have been a lot more fun to take it here. Everything that doesn't get traded gets donated at the end. And it's a party-like time with music and refreshments! Who wouldn't want to be there?

On Friday, it is once again PARK(ing) Day. The mission? "To rethink the way streets are used, call attention to the need for urban parks, and improve the quality of urban human habitat....at least until the meter runs out!" Check out this video overview and then go to the PARK(ing) Day site for ideas on how you can create your own PARK. Also be sure to click on the map page for all the locations to go view the PARK(ing) spots. (Thanks to streetsblog.org for the image)

Saturday night you might enjoy a free movie brought to you by your East Bay Regional Park system. The Princess Bride will play at the Lake Chabot Fairmont Ridge Staging area. The movie starts at 8 pm but get there early and bring your chairs.

And finally, on Sunday, the Little Farm at Tilden will be having their Little Farm Fair with music, entertainment, crafts, and old fashioned games, including pie-eating contests, sack-races and more. They're dedicating their new cow barn, so come on out and celebrate!

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